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The First to Speak: A Woman of Color Inside the White House

Taylor, Kristin Clark

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ISBN 10: 0385425104 / ISBN 13: 9780385425100
Published by Doubleday, New York, 1993
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1993 Fine Book, Near Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition, First Printing August 1993, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 303 clean tight unmarked pages, eight full glossy pages of b/w photos in mid section, tan end pages, book has red boards with 1/4 black cloth spine, gold lettering on the spine, jacket has a color photo of the author on the front with yellow and red lettering, (will ship 2 day Priority mail). Bookseller Inventory # 003564

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Title: The First to Speak: A Woman of Color Inside ...

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The former Director of Media Communications for the Bush administration describes her tenure as a member of the White House press office and the challenges she faced as an African-American woman

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In the tradition of soft, self-congratulatory autobiographies, a young former Bush Administration media-relations director reveals the secrets of her success. Taylor--youngest of seven children born to a Detroit factory foreman and a public schoolteacher--attended the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and so encountered early the ``two worlds'' of African-American urban culture and WASPish power and prestige that she claims to have tried to bring closer to each other in the Bush White House. There are gaps in Taylor's story: It's not clear when or why she became a Republican; and it's somewhat mysterious why--after being recruited for then-Vice President Bush's press office from the editorial board of USA Today, where she was the youngest board member and a columnist--she put aside strong initial reservations and left a promising career in journalism to pursue political p.r. (today, Taylor handles media relations for a large corporation). In the course of three years in the White House (before she suddenly felt that it was time to ``move on''), Taylor became wildly fond of the President--who, we learn, shook hands with (and was vomited on by) her one-year-old son; lavished attention on her proud, dignified parents; frequently intervened with her bosses on her behalf; and contributed a personal check to a foundation set up in her mother's memory. In return, Taylor says, she removed from at least one of Bush's speeches the word ``nigger''; defended his Willie Horton ads among her friends; and introduced him to black publishers. Taylor seems to offer two lessons here: that with strong core values, African- Americans such as herself can do anything they set their minds to; and that the world of powerful white Republican men is a kinder, gentler place than had previously been believed. Harmless--but not particularly riveting or enlightening. (Twenty-four photographs) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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